Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The God Delusion

Religion is a source of much joy in my life, or rather, the refutation of religion. As a recovered Catholic I find myself constantly on the lookout to destroy those paper thin arguments that desperately try to prove the existence of a god. Why? Well, I find the truth to be so much more delicious than those stale communion hosts.

The hardest part, I find, in arguing the illegitimacy of religion is backing up statements with well explained proof. Kirk Cameron, in his show "The Way of The Master", purposefully exploits the unlearned atheists' vulnerability to make non-believers appear stupid by asking them questions that only well studied scientists could answer. Cameron then makes it seem as if all non-believers have this same limited knowledge. (See for yourself ). It's people like Kirk Cameron that have driven me to this wonderful religious cynicism, and also to a wonderful book.

The book is The God Delusion, written by Richard Dawkins, an Oxford scholar and prominent atheist. The God Delusion is the "holy grail" of arguments for atheism, containing points not fueled by opinion, but by rational, scientific explanation. I was fortunate enough to see Richard Dawkins on Book TV (yes it's true, a book channel). Person after person shot questions at Dawkins trying to trip him up and disprove his arguments, but the unbeatable Dawkins was, well, unbeatable. His jaw dropping intellect has caused quite an uproar in the religious world, even with the infamous Ted Haggard who once threatened Dawkins with an arrest if Dawkins did not leave the preacher's property.

I recommend this book to peoples of all beliefs. If you're an atheist you will find pages and pages of argumentative support. If you are a believer of a religious faith of any kind, then why not challenge those beliefs since they seem so true to you?

"Faith is the great cop-out, the great excuse to evade the need to think and evaluate evidence. Faith is belief in spite of, even perhaps because of, the lack of evidence." - Richard Dawkins

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